Anyone who has suffered from acne will know that getting rid of the spots is only half the battle. Most people are left with some scarring that can range from minimal to much deeper ice pick scars. Even if you weren’t a pimple picker, scars can still blight your now clear skin visage. No need to fret because help is out there in the forms of lasers and microneedling. Let us explain exactly what microneedling is and how it can help with scarring.
Microneedling stimulates the skin to produce collagen and elastin by creating a wound response. We use tiny needles to pierce the skin. Piercing the skin results in the cells thinking there’s a problem so they’ll try and repair the surface of the skin and with that you get an improvement in scarring, fine lines, texture and even open pores.
Like many treatments for scarring, you will often require more than one. Depending on the severity, scarring is probably one of the more difficult and troublesome things to treat because it can often originate deep down into the skin. Most patients will require three to six treatments, with a four week break in between each session.
The treatment starts with cleansing the treatment area and taking “before” pictures to monitor your progress. An anesthetic numbing cream or ointment will be applied on your skin and will stay on your skin up to 30 minutes immediately after you’ve been photographed. The numbing cream is removed with antiseptic, to ensure your skin is clean before the needling starts. The full treatment takes about 10-15 minutes for the full face, and is virtually pain free due to the numbing cream being applied beforehand.
Immediately after your skin is REALLY red. We’re talking tomato red or like a bad sunburn. Unlike lasers like Fraxel, your skin isn’t burning hot like a radiator, but some people’s skin can feel tight after a session. The holes created from the microneedling treatment close over very quickly. It is important to put good and pure products like Hyaluronic Acid on directly after, if you are not doing PRP in conjunction with your treatment. Avoid taking hot showers or exercising for 24 hours.
The following day you may still have some redness, but you can cover with make-up. You should start moisturizing the treatment area, but avoid any retinol or products with active ingredients for at least 48 hours or until the redness is gone. There’s an increased risk of sun damage after the treatment so make sure you’re wearing high SPF and following the instructions of your skin care specialist.
A week later your skin should be back to “normal” without dry skin and certainly no peeling. Although one treatment didn’t get rid of the scars, they have diminished and will continue to do so with the use of retinol and vitamin C products.
Interested in Microneedling? Come in for a FREE consultation at The Laser Image Company and let us educate you.